1.2 min readBy Published On: January 18th, 2015Categories: News1 Comment on I-93 protester is fired by the City of Boston

After turning the Thursday morning commute into Boston into even more of a shit-show than it normally is, the protesters who were blocking 93 North with bodies and barrels filled with concrete were promptly arrested.  According to the Boston Herald, a 25 year-old youth worker from Roxbury and employee of the City of Boston was one of the 29 arrested.  Mayor Marty Walsh fired Nelli Ruotsalainen, a part-time youth communication specialist for the Boston Centers for Youth and Families, after a City Hall hearing on Saturday.  According to the Herald, “Ruosalainen was noncooperative and “pled the Fifth”  after which a Labor Relations committee recommended she be terminated, according to city officials.”

Ruotsalainen was one of 11 who chained themselves to 1,200-pound, concrete-filled barrels and blocked traffic on the 93.  

From the Herald:
She pleaded not guilty in Quincy District Court to seven charges: trespassing, throwing glass on a public way, willfully obstructing an emergency vehicle, conspiracy, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and throwing an object on a public way.
The mayor said the contract employee called her supervisor Thursday morning requesting an unpaid personal day.
“She was not terminated because she protested, because if you take a personal day you can do what you want on that day. She was terminated because of the risk of public safety. … The way the events unfolded (Thursday) really bothered me,” Walsh said.

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One Comment

  1. Kathy January 18, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I find your articles increasingly crude and immature.  Do you feel the need to swear to get your point across?  Grow up!

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